Writer: Peter ChaiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Dear John”, “Charlie St. Cloud” & “The Notebook”
As readers find it hard to resist themselves from reading the gratifying story in Nicholas Sparks's novels, the same can be said for movie fanatics that come to realise the beautiful plot that are witnessed based on the American writer's bestselling pieces. This time, Australian director Scott Hicks follows the footsteps of Nick Cassavetes ("The Notebook") and Lasse Hallstrom ("Dear John") to bring one of Sparks' touching stories to the silver screen with "The Lucky One".
In "The Lucky One", U.S Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns to his normal life after years of having his military service in Iraq. After losing his compatriots in the war, Logan struggles to live due to the war aftermath. A picture of a mysterious girl named Beth (Taylor Schilling) is claimed by Logan as the reason that keeps him alive under the massive attacks, while others are being sacrificed in the ravages of war. He travels across the country to search for Beth and goes through life's ups and downs with her in a tumultuous romantic relationship.
It feels awkward to watch a young, good-looking Efron, to fall deeply in love with someone who is noticeably older than him. His boyish image does not match him well with Schilling's maturity and thus audiences might be contemplating that some older and more experienced actor could replace the 25-year-old star for the lead character of Logan.
After getting through the movie, all one can recall is a lot of fantasy-like situations with physically attractive bodies and non-stop kisses between the main cast under the beautiful sunset at an American countryside.
Looking at the other aspect of the story, the plot of "The Lucky One" has the ability to move ones heart with the exploration of grief through Beth's tough experience as a single mother who has been controlled by her ex-husband.
In conclusion, Efron's 'hotness' factor does not save the movie and this Nicholas Sparks adaptation is not as good as the author's previous film adaptations due to its lack of depth in storytelling and casting choices.Cinema Online, 07 May 2012